UPDATED: An Ohio Hurricane? St. Scholastica, pray for us.

Photo byLisa Dejong, The Plain Dealer
One the reasons that I love living in Northeast Ohio is because we do not have scorpions, poisonous snakes, alligators, large earthquakes, or... hurricanes. But I'm hearing forecasts of 70 mph winds, watching a live webcam of Lake Erie going nuts, and hearing that rivers are just about at flood levels before we even get hit hard. If it's in Ohio, it must be bad. Maybe I should move to Canada, eh?

I have my camera ready to go. Because, you know, if we do get flooded here like we have in the past, I want it to be a YouTube sensation. Or at least have something cool to post on my blog.

But what I really want is for all to find their way through this safe and sound. Our prayers go out to all of you who are really in the thick of it. I just read that St. Scholastica is the patron saint invoked against storms and rain... so I'm going to be discussing these things with her presently. See you all on the other side!

Saint Scholastica, pray for us.

We are still without power with no crews in site. I keep counting all of our blessings (there are so many) but it is so dark and dreary that I can't help but pray for some working light bulbs. We are currently washing people and cooking food at a relatives house.

Two homes in view of ours were hit by fallen trees. Another tree is nestled in the power lines (the source of our outage) and many more are strewn here and there. Our siding was damaged by the winds, some of it torn off and in half. Other than that, our major concerns are flooding, food, and heat. We have a small generator that is powering our sump pump (chief brought it home last minute "just in case"... sooo much better than bailing by hand!), I just threw out over $100 of food, and we have a gorgeous woodstove that is heating us just fine.

On a completely emotional level, I am disappointed that the storm brought an abrupt end to our lovely Autumn scenery. Every beautiful leaf was stripped from the trees. It looks like the dead of winter. As if our winters aren't long enough.

The city where my husband is fire chief is still about 90% without power. Needless to say, his guys have been busy. We definitely owe a lot to our first responders and emergency workers who are supposed to be on site while residents are called to evacuate. If your city wants to cut funding to such city services this election, think long and hard before you vote for such a measure.

I keep thinking of all those people on the East coast whose homes have been totally devastated. I have been disconnected from the news and my next internet stop is to see what has happened to them. If Ohio got hit so hard, I just can't imagine what it must look like for our neighbors to the East. My heart and prayers go out to all of you...
Posted on October 31, 2012 .